How to Treat Yeast Infections

While yeast infections will affect around three quarters of women at some point during their life the good news is that in most cases it can be cleared up within a couple of weeks with some fairly simple treatments.

Yeast infection treatments come in a variety of forms. One of the most common ways of treating the infection is with a cream that contains the active ingredient miconazole. Many women like to use a cream because as well as fighting the infection it can also help soothe the soreness associated with yeast infections. A pessary, a soluble block of medication that is put into the vagina, much like a tampon, is another common way to combat yeast infections.

During these treatments it’s important to remember a few things to help make sure you’re back to full health as quickly as possible. Firstly, avoid using tampons while being treated – these could interfere with the pessary and, in addition, they won’t be particularly comfortable.

It’s also really important that you avoid sexual intercourse since the meditation can cause irritations – not what your partner wants when it comes to their genitals. The medication may also stop diaphragms and condoms from working effectively, so it really is best to wait until after the infection has cleared up.

Oral treatments in the form of tablets containing fluconazole or itraconazole are also available to treat the infection. While this is as effective as a pessary, there are situations in which one is more suitable than the other. For example, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding it’s advisable to use a pessary or cream. Oral treatments on the other hand are more effective for treating recurring thrush, but are also more likely to cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea.

Yeast Infection Treatment

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While many yeast infection treatments are available over the counter there are plenty of reasons why you should get medical advice before heading to your pharmacy. The most important reason is that many of the symptoms associated with yeast infections – irritation and vaginal discharge for example – could actually be signs of a different infection. Yeast infection treatments take as long as two weeks to be effective – this could be two weeks that you’re not treating the infection you actually have, giving it time to get worse.

Another reason to seek advice is because some women may have complications resulting from the yeast infection – they may not respond to treatment for example, or it may be a recurring infection. Having this on record can be a great help; you will know what treatments your body does or does not respond well to for example.

As well as these common treatments there are some other routes to take. Your doctor may decide that letting nature take its course is the best thing to do – your vagina may get over the infection naturally. There are also dietary changes that could help prevent you getting a yeast infection – candida, the fungus responsible for yeast infections, thrives on sugar in the gut. Alcohol is just one thing you can cut from your diet that may help. However, as is always the case, to get the best advice based on your individual needs it’s always recommended that you see a doctor or other medical professional.

Written by Kat Kraetzer, an experienced blogger working in the health-care industry for many years.

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